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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nonfiction Craft Lessons | Joann Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher

"The best nonfiction writing begins with a writer's passionate curiosity about a subject."
Genre: Education and Teaching. 
Number of Pages: 148.

This book is meant to teach information writing in elementary and middle school, but I think that it can also be useful for high school and college English courses. I think that the instructor would just have to take some of the ideas and alter it to fit the age of the student. However, there are many older students that still struggle with the foundations of writing nonfiction, so these lessons are very helpful. They do not feel intimidating. 
This book is amazing for detailed writing lessons. They break it down by each specific writing skill, and include a discussion of the lesson, how to teach it, and a list of resources to use in the lesson. It contains ways to set up your classroom’s framework to be prepared for nonfiction writing to be seen positively. Then it splits into sections of lessons (K-2, 3-4, and 5-8). But, like I said before, a lot of these lessons can still be made applicable to older learners who struggle with the basics. The best part of this book is that it offers many examples of texts to use with lessons. I think that can be the hardest part about making lessons since it can be very time-consuming to search for a book that matches the lesson. 
I think it is helpful to give this book a full read through, and then bookmark each lesson that can be used for your particular course. Then you can go back to specific sections as you need it. In the appendix, there are coordinating organizers, booklets, and short texts for some of the lessons. 
This book does not contain a detailed script for how to run each lesson, but it does provide some great suggestions and a brief overview of each lesson. This is a very informative and practical book for clear-cut lessons to teach English concepts and should be a valuable resource in any English classroom. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 
"How do you know when you're ready to write? Simple: when you feel ready to teach."

5/5 
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Amber Gregg ♥